Rich Rasmussen made the move to Washington State with Cougar Head Coach Paul Wulff in December 2007, after the two worked together as members of the Eastern Washington Eagles staff for 12 years. Rasmussen, now in his third year at WSU serving as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, had spent the previous eight years as an assistant for Wulff.
Rasmussen began coaching at Eastern Washington in 1996 as a student assistant coach on defense, then helped with the offensive line in 1997. He coached running backs in 1998 before taking over as tight ends coach in 1999, a position he held through the 2007 season. During his stint at Eastern Washington he spent time as director of football operations, recruiting coordinator, team travel coordinator and summer camp coordinator, in addition to his coaching duties.
Throughout his tenure overseeing tight ends at Eastern Washington, Rasmussen coached six different players to All-Big Sky honors, including Tim Calhoun, who was a three-time honoree, including the 2002 Big Sky Freshman of the Year by Dopke.com. He oversaw the development of Dan Curley, a 2002 All-America honorable mention by Football Gazette and was a fifth round draft pick (148th overall) by the St. Louis Rams in the 2003 NFL Draft.
While at Eastern Washington, Rasmussen earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He received his bachelors of science degree in physical education in 1998, and then completed his master's degree in athletic administration in 2000.
Rasmussen received an associate degree from Tacoma Community College in 1997 and is a 1983 graduate of Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash. He coached at Bellarmine Prep and Mt. Tahoma High Schools prior to joining the EWU staff.
A native of Tacoma, Wash., Rasmussen and his wife, Teri, have two sons, Josh (13) and Jacob (10).
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